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russia to u.s. competition, to ideas and transparency. these activists have all raised serious questions about russia's human rights and democracy record. i share these questions. but like the activists, i believe that pntr should not be in question. we owe it to american businesses, ranchers, and farmers working to increase exports to the growing russian market. we owe it to u.s. workers whose jobs depend on those exports and we owe it to the russian activists who are asking for our help in their fight for democracy. so let's embrace this opportunity for our economy and for american jobs. in the spirit of catherine the great, let us move forward with that which we can all agree. let's work together to pass russia pntr. >> senator kyl? >> thank you, mr. chairman. i think that i understand the message this hearing is intended to convey. american businesses want access to russian markets, we should repeal jackson-vannic and grant russia normal trade relations without delay and grant normal relations. it's a slam-dunk. but it isn't a slam-dunk. let's stipulate that american businesses and f
't know sought to convince u.s. and nato trieps are making significant progress in the effort to turn security operations over to the afghans themselves. local security forces a key ingredient in the u.s. withdrawal plan. we expect to hear his testimony shortly live here on c-span3.. >>> good morning, everybody. the committee meets this morning to receive testimony on the progress on the campaign of afghanistan. our witnesses are dr. jim miller, acting underbe secretary of defense and john allen, commander of u.s. forces afghanistan. a warm welcome and thanks to you both. i'm going to interrupt at this moment to take care of some nominations because we have kworum present. our troops in afghanistan are being asked to perform demanding and often dangerous missions and they're carrying them out superbly and professionally. general allen, on behalf of the committee, please pass along our unwavering support for our military men and women serving with you in afghanistan, our gratitude for their courageous and dedicated service and the support of their families. talking about families, i kn
boycott of iran. the u.s. government has exempted japan and ten other countries from its financial sanctions against iran. the u.s. says these nations have significantly reduced their imports of iranian crude oil. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton announced the didition in a statement tuesday. the statement says japan and ten european countries, including france and germany, will be exempted from the measure. the u.s. enacted a law last year that effectively bars financial institutions from its domestic market if they do business with the iranian central bank. the move is aimed at blocking countries from importing crude oil from iran. japan imports nearly 10% of its oil from iran. it has been urging the u.s. to exempt japanese firms from the sanctions. a senior u.s. official says japan reduced its crude oil purchases from iran by 15% to 22% in the latter half of 2011, despite the accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. the official adds that japan understands the purpose of the u.s. law. japanese companies are having to adjust for the changes. ai uchida joins me with
a diplomatic impasse over pyongyang's nuclear program. the u.s. state department and north korea's foreign ministry made the announcement almost simultaneously. follows talks last week in beijing on the north's nuclear issues. the leadership announced it will suspend nuclear testing, firing long-range ballistic missiles, and enriching uranium at the nuclear complex. and it will allow the international atomic energy agency to inspect facilities. in return, the u.s. will supply the country with 240,000 tons of food with the prospect of more in the future. the u.s. stopped supplying the aid three years ago. north korean officials want to hand out food by mid-april. residents will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder kim il-sung. the officials say their u.s. counterparts have promised to drop their hostile stance and want to move forward on an equal footing. secretary of state hillary clinton says u.s. officials will move cautiously. she told a congressional panel that the administration still has profound concerns. nhk world reports from washington. >> i said
to quickly -- u.s. companies their workers and shareholders receive the benefits from the outset of russia's long-awaited wto membership. i'll be pleased to respond to any questions that the committee may have. >> thank you. >> chairman baucus, senator kyle and distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on a subject that i feel is of critical importance, the opportunity to grow the u.s. economy and u.s. jobs by establishing u.s. trade relations with russia. i'm a u.s. citizen born and raised in new york, i joined ge in 1991 and for the past 13 years have been living and working in russia. for the peace six years, i have served as chairman of the chairman of commerce in russia. so i've been in a unique position to witness firsthand the dramatic changes russia has undergone in such a short period of time almost 1.2 million in u.s. origin ofrds in russia, up from 410 million in 2010. it's suppliers in the united states and we believe that our sales with pntr could triple by 20 to. russia is looking to -- ge health care will see tariffs fall from 15%
ballistic missiles for the north. the u.s. government says it is analyzing why north korea has made such a provocative announcement at this stage it will consult its partners on how best to proceed. north korea satellite plan means governments that monitor the reclusive nation will be paying more closer attentions. japan's defense minister says his country is on high alert. >> translator: we'll take all possible measures for intelligence gathering and monitoring north korea in cooperation with the united states and with other countries. >> he added he will do what he can to ensure peace and security for japan. >>eporter: some say the north announcement is meant to demonstrate the power of its new leader kim jong u nurks. others say the reclusive regime is trying to test u.s. patience. behind the north intention is the judgment that the u.s. will not immediately scrap the bilateral agreement because of the launch. north korea promised to suspend all uranium enrichment activities and missile launches in order to receive foodid from the u.s. therefore, launching any iend of rocket may
the u.s. national security agenda in the middle east, north africa and the asia-pacific regions in the role of national security issues in the 2012 presidential election. that's hosted by the american enterprise institute. live coverage starts at 1:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >>> at the national people's congress in beijing, china's commerce minister addressed reporters in a news conference and discussed china's trade relations with the u.s., arab countries and the european union. recently in the u.s. health, lawmakers approved a measure allowing the commerce department to impose higher duties on goods from china. this one-hour portion from yesterday begins with a question on new u.s. trade measures. it's courtesy of china central television. >> -- on with reuters, i have two questions for the minister. the first one is recently the u.s. government announced that it's going to employ some new measures in case that the chinese government continues to provide subsidy for its exports and the specific measures will include the increase of import duty. i would like to consult the mini
in 2010 to develop crippling cyber attacks on the u.s. this hearing should get under way shortl >>> good morning, everybody. today's hearing continues a series of posture hearings that the armed services committee is conducting on our combatant commands with the context of the fiscal year 2013 budget request and the president's new strategic guidance. today we receive testimony from the u.s. strategic command and u.s. cyber command, a subsundayified command of the u.s. strategic command. let me welcome general robert kaler, the commander of the u.s. strategic command and general keith alexander, the commander of the u.s. cyber command and thank them both for their service to our nation. we also want to thank the fine men and women who serve in these commands for their dedication and service to our nation and a special thanks to their families. strategic command manages nine missions across the department of defense. these missions range from satellite and space situational awareness, missile defense, and electronic warfare to combatting weapons of mass destruction. stratcom coordinates t
remarks. moderating our second panel is the honorable allen larson. and we at the national u.s. arab chamber remember fondly his days as undersecretary of state to have commission and many years prior to that neba bureau where he was a u.s. trade and international fair treatment for u.s. companies. so it's a particular pleasure to call on ambassador larson to moderate this panel. >> thank you very much, good afternoon, everyone. we're looking forward very much to this panel. we're going to be considering a set of challenges that, perhaps, paradoxically, are just as difficult and daunting in many ways as those of the economies in transition, which we just heard discussed in the previous panel. experience around the world has shown, sadly, that ample endowments of natural resources which should be a blessing for a national economic development, can, on occasion, be a curse. nations that are rich in natural resources need to figure out ways how to translate that potential wealth under the ground into enduring forms of wealth above grounding that create high and rising standards of livin
candidates on both ends of the spectrum. >> the swing vote, the most powerful electorate block in the u.s. are independent voters and they've decided every election since world war ii. also this weekend, on booktv, they turn the network into the extension of the republican party. and mark levin's "the unmaking of america." booktv, every weekend on c-span 2. >> i was quite a radical as a young person and i was the one that thought we should overcome and not a way of gaining civil rights and i thought more confrontation was needed. >> economic professor, columnist, walter williams, on being a radical. >> i believe that being a radical is any person who believes in personal liberty and individual freedom and limited government. that makes you a radical and i've always been a person who believed that people should not interfere with me. i should be able to do my own thing without -- so long as i don't violate the rights of other people. >> more with walter williams on c-span's q and a. >> now, a senate finance committee hearing on trade relations with russia. the committee discussed proposals
that the north's plan is a violation of a u.n. security council resolution. the leaders also discussed a u.s. plan to deploy a missile defense system in europe. medvedev said the two sides remain divided on the matter but they still have time to reach an agreement. obama has said the u.s. is ready to negotiate a reduction in strategic nuclear weapons as well as short-ranged tactical missiles. >>> japan's air defense command has moved to a u.s. air base in tokyo to strengthen collaboration between the forces. the command post will be in charge of carrying out any order to destroy debris from the rocket that north korea has announced it plans to launch. the air self-defense force's main command in tokyo was officially transferred to the u.s. yokota air base on monday. the command post which is next to the headquarters of the u.s. forces in japan is equipped with advanced communications equipment and large screens to display information gathered by japanese and u.s. radar systems. >> translator: the main purpose of the relocation to the yokota base is to improve the effectiveness of traditional
review the days after march 11th to find their way forward. the head of the u.s. nlear regulator is sharing some of the lessons learned from fukushima. gregory yatzko is the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission. his agency released transcripts last month revealing how members responded to the accident last march at fukushima daiichi. he said those involved need to share information throughout a crisis. >> i think it's an important historical record. to have an opportunity for people to tell us ways to do our job better. >> the commission released more than 3,000 pages of transcripts. they cover meetings over ten days after the accident in northeast japan. the documents show u.s. officials struggled to get accurate information. he told nhk it's important to put protocols in place so that nuclear regulators in the u.s., japan, and elsewhere share what they learn. the commission approved a plan last month to build the first new reactor in the u.s. in 34 years. he was the only one of the five members to vote against. >> i think that's a commonsense approach given the severit
is over yet. that in addition to concerns about slower growth in china actually weighed down u.s. markets overnight. so let's see how stocks here are trading as a reaction. for that we're going to ramin mellegard at the tokyo stock exchange. good morning to you. a bit of a pullback in stocks. how is the nikkei doing this friday? >> very good morning to you, ai. let's take a look at opening levels for the nikkei and topix this friday morning. can you see a very clear-cut picture actually, and we can see thereto nikkei down over 100 points, but it's still holding above the 10,000 key level, so let's see if it can hold out there and close out the week there, but still a pretty negative start there. the topix down nine points. the nikkei average has actually been one of the outperforming indexes so far this year despite some of the negative news that has been coming out of china and japan even posted a trade surplus for february. we did see the dow jones trading lower, but if we actually look at the volume levels, that has not been that great, and in fact maybe just showing a little bit of a
around the world this morning, in the u.s. equity markets reach multiyear highs, the nasdaq registering its highest close since november of 2000 while the dow breaks through 2007 levels. >>> the imf commits to a bailout while investors are expect ed t give strong support to today's spanish debt auction. >>> in asia one of beijing's rising stars, gets the boot sending political shock waves across china. >>> good morning. you're watching "worldwide exchange" with christine tan, beccy meehan. a look at u.s. futures and how we're poised for trade on wall street this morning. it does look like we're going to open higher. the dow would see a 21-point gain and the nasdaq higher by six is and the s&p 500 higher by two. this, of course, after stocks finished yesterday mixed after tuesday's big rally. we saw the dow closing at that high level since 2007, that was december 31st 2007. the nasdaq closing at its highest since november of 2000. the dow up for six consecutive days. we saw the leader in american express, ibm, boeing. they took us higher. i do want to note on the s&p 500 it was i.t. and
to supporting the north vietnamese. when the u.s. swrer convenience, it faces a completely new war. how do you counter american power? you have on one hand american land power. when the u.s. becomes heavily involved, the north -- again, they're continuing to prosecute their strategy the way they had before. you have the political elements of it but you've also got the military elements of it. part of the political element, there's deception and propaganda campaign. when the u.s. becomes involved the north tries to do everything they can to undermind the war. they try to portray the american mission as impossible. there's no way the americans can win. you can't do anything here. you can make an argument that they're so successful that that's the conventional wisdom in much of the world. this is impossible. america can't win no matter what they do, a communist victory is not possible. they lied about their actions wonderfully well. they did everything they could do to discredit the u.s. actions. they were aided by western prayer, antiamericanism in the united states and abroad. they proved very,
minute with more on "washington today." >> on march 26, 27, 28, the u.s. supreme court hears challenges to the health care law. you'll hear an argument cited in some of those cases saturday on c-span radio's historic supreme court oral argument. from 1992 the consolidated case, the state of new york and others petitioners, verses the united states and others, respondents. >> we recognize that congress certainly has the power under the commerce clause to deal with the subject of the disposal of low-level radioactive waste. but it is our position that the means it has chosen here is constitutionally defective. >> there's much that is speculative in our view premature about the complaint concerning the take title provision that new york is asking this court to use as a vehicle for undoing this entire statutory scream. >> the state of new york and others verses the united states and others. saturday at 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span radio. >>> welcome back to "washington today." it's 5:32 at our nation's capitol. the polls in some parts of alabama and mississippi closing at 7:00 eastern. polls
trade organization. they are saying they're restricting exports of rare earth metals. the u.s. is asking china to revise the export investigations but little changes. china produces more than 90% of the rare earths, used in high-tech products. the u.s. is preparing to resume its own production. the three parties plan to investigate with japan with the wto procedures. if they cannot solve the issue through the talks, they'll request consultation. china's foreign ministry spokesperson defended the government's position. he said china's policy to control rare earth exports is aiming to protect the environment. >> translator: it's true that china is taking measures to restrict exports of rare earth metals but they're consistent with the wto rules. the accusation that china has an effective monopoly on the rare earth market is totally groundless. >>> u.s. internet firm yahoo! is suing facebook over a patent dispute. yahoo! claims the world's largest social networking site as infringed ten of the patents regarding online advertising and privacy protection. representatives for yahoo! filed a la
>>> hello and welcome to "newsline." 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. u.s. president and david cameron say they will increase pressure on iran to abandon its nuclear develop program. the two leaders met at the white house. >> again, because we have employed so many of the options that are available to us to persuade iran to take a different course, that the window for solving this issue diplomatically is shrinking. >> cameron also warned that iran has to meet its international obligations. if not, he said, britain will continue to increase political and economic pressure along with the u.s. the two leaders also insisted that security in afghanistan has been improving, despite the killing of 16 civilians in a shooting by a u.s. soldier. >>> iran's president, ahmadinejad has been questioned by lawmakers on his mismanagement of the country's economy. nhk world reports from tehran. >> reporter: the first since the country overthrew the pro-u.s. government in 1979. ahmadinejad was accused on wind of mismanaging the economy, which is struggling with inflation. lawmakers sai
it will take steps towards denuclearization. the u.s. state department and north korea's foreign ministry made the announcement almost simultaneously. the leadership announced it will suspend nuclear testing, firing long-rang ballistic missiles and enriching uranium and will allow the international atomic energy agency to inspect facilities. in return, the u.s. will supply the country with 240,000 tons of food with the prospect of more in the future. the u.s. stopped supplying the aid three years ago. north korean officials want to hand out food by mid-april. residents will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, kim il-son. they want to move forward on an equal footing. secretary of state hillary clinton says u.s. officials will move cautiously. she told a congressional panel that the administration still has profound concerns. nhk world reports from washington. >> i said that it is our hope that the new leadership will choose to guide their nation on to the path of piece by living up to its obligations. today's announcement represents a modest first step in the
>>> welcome to "asia 7 days." a u.s. soldier went on a shooting rampage in afghanistan, killing 16 civilians. the attack comes amid rising anti-american feeling in the country. violent protests erupted last month after u.s. troops burned the koran. the soldier walked off his base in the southern province of kandahar on march 11th. he broke into houses in two villages and started shooting. the afghan defense ministry said there were 16 fatalities including 12 women and children, nine others wounded. >> u.s. president barack obama telephoned hamid karzai to express his shock and sadness. obama promised a quick investigation. >> we treat the death of afghan civilians like this the same way we treat a death, a series of deaths here in the united states. >> the u.s. defense department says the 38-year-old soldier was to afghanistan in december. he served three missions in iraq. he was transferred to kuwait on wednesday. the soldier's lawyer said his client was stressed from battle fatigue. >> he and family were told that his tours in the middle east were over and then literally overnigh
sorries of some of our -- the u.s. and the eu need to re-enforce each other in insisting that the wto must remain true to its fundamental missions, liberalizing trade and generating enforceable rules that provide equal trading. our partnership with the eu on wt affairs is strong but we can always do better. and it helps immensely that the chamber are -- i should mention that the exploration currently under way in the u.s.-e.u. -- to what we are trying to rebuild multilat tray local. this trance -- trans-atlantic economic -- obviously there's a lot more work to be done. but it's-awareness that whatever we do bilaterally can and should re-enforce the mission at the multilateral level. let me try to provide a perspective on some of the current focal points of the wto, building on the discussion earlier today. the enthusiasm within this group for the initiative we are exploring for international services agreement is great to see. and a confirmation of the strong appetite among u.s. and european businesses to find practical, meaningful ways to advance the ball on trade liberalization. the disc
. at this juncture there has been no discussion about with the afghan government a u.s. enduring presence. we anticipate concluding a strategic partnership accord and in conjunction with that conversation we'll begin to have the discussions with the afghans about what an enduring u.s. force might look like. at this juncture the conversation is largely about roles and functions that might be undertaken. there will probably be a counter terrorism presence but it will not be to operate in the region. it will be a counter terrorism presence to prevent al qaeda within afghanistan from finding itself operationally relevant safe haven. >> let me say i'm torn on this mission having served in iraq in united states marine corps i have been in meetings where we have had to convince tribal leaders to cooperate with us knowing that if we let them down that they would be dead, that al qaeda would come back and would kill them. and so i believe that we have moral obligation here even though i believe it was the wrong path for america that we could have achieved our security objectives without this heavy con
a u.s. soldier murdered 16 afghan civilians. karzai told panetta that afghan forces have the ability to maintain security on their own in rural areas. he said international forces have lost the trust of afghan people, and they must pull out of the rural areas. karzai requested international forces stay in urban areas and focus on helping reconstruction efforts. panetta reiterated his regret over the shooting incident and agreed to the earlier transfer of security authority. >>> in response the taliban has decided to us is spend peace talks with the u.s. the taliban said in a statement that the u.s. had introduced unacceptable demands contradicting an earlier agreement. the statement said the peace talks will remain on hold until the u.s. makes its position clear and shows a willingness to fu fulfill its promises. it did not provide further details of the talks. the taliban demanded the release of five of their fighters from guantanamo. they said they be transported to cutter under surveillance. the americans demanded that the taliban cut off all ties with al qaeda and end its armed s
in the conversation on social media sites. >>> the japanese ambassador to the u.s. says his government still has concerns over the damaged fukushima nuclear power plant. his remarks came one year after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear crisis. and despite concerns, the ambassador also discussed japan's progress in rebuilding efforts. this is an hour and 15 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us today. my name is michael oslin. i'm an asian fellow and scholar here at aei and also direct the japan studies program. we're obviously very grateful at this busy time today ambassador fujisaki with us to kick off what i hope is going to be a robust and extended discussion here among our expert panelists primarily on some of the things that the ambassador brought up, which is lessons learned, have there been lessons learned, what are they, where do we go forward from here, and as we sitting in america try to understand japan's own response over the past year to the disaster of 3/11, how do we see our role and what we've done together. obviously, there are a lo
with the commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, general john allen. >>> and on this, the eve of crucial primaries in the deep south, mitt romney gets a big endorsement in an unlikely comedian. will that help him in two very tight races? >>> and is president obama already in trouble? a new poll shows him neck-in-neck with his top gop rivals. james carville and david are standing by. we'll talk about that. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >>> a new wave of fury may be about to explode in afghanistan after a u.s. soldier allegedly walked out of his base and went on a house to house shooting rampage. 16 civilians are dead, nine of them children. military authorities say the soldier acted alone and turned himself in. vowing revenge for the killings, a statement from the taliban calls u.s. forces and i'm quoting, sick-minded american savages. u.s. officials are voicing deep sorrow. >> let me say that like many americans, i was shocked and saddened by the killings of innocent afghan villagers this weekend. we send our condolences to family who have lost their loved ones and to the pe
. as the north vietnamese called it. in 1965, the u.s. starts sending major forces into south vietnam. the soviets at this point heavily colved, the north, again, they're continuing to prosecute their strategy the way they had before. you've got the political elements of it, but you've also got the military elements of it. and part of the political element of it, this deception and propaganda campaign, when the u.s. becomes heavily involved, the north tries to do everything it cando. a communist victory is inevitable. they also mask and lied about their motives and their actions. they did this wonderfully, wonderfully well. and they did everything they could do to discredit the u.s. actions in the war. and they were often aided in this by sympathetic elements in the western press, anti-americanism both in the united states and abroad, and they proved very, very successful here. and all of this that they're doing is made easier by the fact that most foreigners don't know anything about vietnam. and they don't know anything about southeast asia. and also you have this strange -- this re
and diversify u.s. private sector engagement in kuwait. one of the primary advantages is investment destination for u.s. firms and it's the historically positive and very strong relationship between our two countries. kuwaitis at the same time recognize the value and quality of u.s. goods and services and expertise and regularly reach out to me to tell us they're interested in seeing more u.s. firms come to kuwait and operate there. as part of kuwait's experience of the arab spring, discussions with the government and throughout society have begun to sharpen their focus on developing strategies for sustainable, economic growth. kuwait held parliamentary leches on february 2nd and in the run-up to those elections, many of the parliamentary candidate it is called on the candidate to jump-start large-scale development projects designed to diversify kuwait's economy and to create new opportunities for private sector growth. even before that in 2010, kuwait's parliament passed a five-year development plan with those specific aims in mind. implementation of the plan has not moved as quickly as many w
education and an all of the above strategy for developing domestic energy resources. the u.s. economy has considerable long-run strengths that will put us in good stead as long as we build on our strengths and take the necessary actions to make the economy more inoaf vative and our workforce more highly skilled. this point was made very clearly by president obama. in his speech in kansas he noted that, quote, the world is shifting to an innovation economy and nobody does innovation better than america. no one has better colleges, nobody has better universities, nobody has a greater diversity of talent and ingenuity. no one's workers or entrepreneurs are more driven or more daring. the things that have always been -- >> and we're going to break away from the last few minutes of this program. can you of course watch it on our web site in its entirety at c-span.org. we take you live back to capitol hill. a recent triple a survey find gas has risen an average of over 30 cent as gallon. we see the senate energy committee getting ready to hear from independent analysts and governme
reporting today during a hearing earlier, republicans and oil industry leaders called for more u.s. oil and gas production, while democrats said oil production is up since president obama took office. democrats blame the recent spike in gas prices on middle east tensions and speculation by wall street investors. gas prices, by the way, have jumped 48 cents since january to an average of $3.76 a gallon. >>> a look now at where the republican presidential candidates are today after yesterday's sproouper tuesday primaries. the overall winner, moirm moiit is taking the the day off. rick santorum travels to mississippi on tuesday. newt gingrich began the day in alabama and then return to georgia for a rally in atlanta. ron paul has no campaign events on his schedule today. mitt romney now has more delegates than his three rivals combined at 415. rick santorum is second. he has 176. newt gingrich is third with 105, and ron paul comes up last with 37. the next round of primaries is saturday in kansas. the u.s. virgin islands and guam. by the way, you can follow the campaign trail on the c-span
, oklahoma and in north dakota. he is a conservative. the former speaker of the u.s. house of representatives newt gingrich is also a conservative. he is certain to win in georgia. >>> rick santorum is posing a particularly big threat to romney in conservative stronghold states. the recent standoff between the catholic church and the obama administration over the president's birth control policy seems to be working to santorum's advantage. nhk world's careen schneider reports. >> reporter: rick santorum is gaining ground and momentum in conservative areas across america. he claims the obama administration is limiting the freedom guaranteed to citizens by the u.s. constitution. >> why we can't give it away because it goes to the heart of whether we are free people after this election. >> reporter: last month, president obama announced a federal policy that requires employer health insurance plans to offer free coverage of contraceptive services for women. >> that when it comes to women, preventive care should include coverage of contraceptive services such as birth control. that free preventiv
as head of the city's public security bureau on february 2nd. he later visited the u.s. consulate general. the incident triggered speculation that he plafb seeking asylum. he's been questioned on corruption charges. so what was behind the removal? >> reporter: he has been widely expected to be named to the communist party at the party convention later this year. his aide was his right hand man. it was inevitable that he needed to take seem some time and responsibility over the scandal involving his aid. the dismissal came one day after the premier laid an attack on him without mentioning him by name after the closing op the national people's congress. it was the first public criticism over the can zal by a top chinese leader. many say another factor is a power struggle as the time approaches for changes in leadership. it is believed that the current chinese leadership consists mainly of two groups. one is the sons and daughters of influential kmuns party officials. another group is known as the chinese youth league, which grooms future party leaders. the president came from the china yout
for the second week after copies of the quran were burned at a u.s. military base. two more american service members were killed on thursday. the u.s. has apologized, saying the quran burning was unintentional. at least 30 people have died in the anti-u.s. violence, including four other americans killed last week. >>> a new report from amnesty international says executions in iran more than doubled last year. the group says at least 600 people were put to death in 2011. that's up from at least 253 the year before. the report comes amid growing international concern for christian pastor youcef nadarkhani. his ath ntence for converting from islam was reaffirmed last week. although he was arrested and convicted on apostasy charges, the iranian government now says he is being held for rape. nadarkhani's lawyers say that's a lie designed to blunt the worldwide criticism. >>> here in the u.s., a free-speech group filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the obama administration make public its legal justification for a drone strike in yemen last year that killed u.s.-born al qaeda cleric anwar al-aw
it would take 10 years to get it. my grandmother is a u.s. citizen and today my parents and my sister, my entire family here are citizens. i am the only undocumented in my family. that is because immigration officials refused to follow the law. i will explain why. it took so long to get my parents residency that i aged out. they do not care when you turn 21. they tell you to get in the back of the line. even waiting nine years, they are asking me to go to the back of the line again. i will be 23 by the time i can immigrate to the country legally. in the meantime, growing up, my parents had no idea this would happen. i graduated from college with a bachelor's in political science with a master's i as well. we fought hard to stay in the country. according to the law of the land, i am supposed to be able to use my old date for filing for immigration to the country, but so far immigration is refusing to let me use that old date, so i am in a month now. i cannot go back to fiji because i would have a 10-year ban on me. my mother has a small cleaning business she need help with. when i was in c
of the immigrant resource center, who was trying to help low- income immigrants adjust to life in the u.s. new life after amnesty, a lot of people were not able to immigrate because of a lack of money. still to this point, i see a lot of immigrants who want to get their work permits. i ask them how long they have been here. sometimes they have been here since the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's. a lot of them are elderly who are ready to retire. i had 165-year-old man who is alone, no family -- a 65-year- old man who is alone, no family here, but he does not have any papers to get that social security that he has contributed to for 30 years. he will be homeless after working for many years. i faced this situation with my clients a lot. i help low income people. sometimes it is very difficult. sometimes i think about how small the world is a and i see how immigration laws are changing. immigration rates started about 40 years ago and i started to see my client to come to me. my husband has been here 10 years and all of a sudden, his employer is asking for a work permit. we have two children. we just bought a
security in our hemisphere. general doug frazier, the commander of u.s. southern command and general charles jacoby jr., the commander of u.s. northern command and commander of the north american aerospace defense commander nor rad. this is general jacoby's first appearance before the committee as commander, and we look forward to working with you. general, many in your new position, general frazier, this is likely to be your last posture hearing and we greatly preached your testimony and advice over the past three years. i appreciate your 37-plus years of service in the united states air force. i understand that you and your wife rena are plans to enjoy some much deserved downtime after your change of command, and we truly wish you all the best. in addition to thanking you for your long and distinguished service to our nation, we ask you express our heartfelt gratitude to the men and women that serve with you for their exceptional service and dpor their many contributions to our security. we offer our thanks to your families and the families of all your personnel since they share in
as well as access htv's u.s. history tweets. history in the news. follow american history tv all weekend every weekend on c-span 3. and online at c-span.org/history. >>> this week on the civil war, author william doback discusses his book freedom by the sword, the u.s. colored troops 1862 to 1867. it examines how african-american troops were used to improve union intelligence and the varying attitudes of union leaders toward black soldiers. this is 40 minutes. >> good afternoon. my name is lopez matthews and i'm secretary of the national archives after row american i'm stre to welcome you today to hear william a.doback discuss colored troops -- u.s. colored troops during the civil war era. and i'm here today just to let you know that the after row american history society, atnar, produces programs similar to this. not this program but programs similar to this pro moegt the study of african-american history through records at the national archives. and we have a number of programs coming up which you may have seen our flier on the table outside. discussing african americans in the civil w
. >>> the u.s. housing market got another positive sign on wednesday. the national association of realtors says home sales dipped slightly in february but the past three months have been the best winter for sales in five years. economists say the improving job market has helped fuel demand for housing. >>> federal reserve chairman ben bernanke assured members of congress that u.s. banks are strong enough to weather a european financial crisis. bernanke says a meltdown in europe would be costly to the american economy but banks are in better shape to withstand a crisis than they were before the recession. >>> and general motors is getting a big boost down under. australian government says it will offer gm a $275 million subsidy to continue making cars in australia. gm promises to invest $1 billion in manufacturing in australia. pretty big moves going on down under. >> no doubt. ashley morrison here in new york. thank you. >>> straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. in sports, the deal looked shaky for a while but this morning tim tebow is a jet all the way. when bp made a commitment
's position to barack obama. the u.s. president is trying to convince the israeli prime minister to take his finger off the trigger. we have more from washington. >> reporter: israel has been fighting with arab neighbors since the country was founded. the israeli people have a strong resolve. they want to defend their homeland without relying on others. in the past, israel has attacked nuclear facilities in iraq and syria. israeli leaders wanted to prevent their neighbors from developing nuclear weapons. president obama has been frustrated in his efforts to press iranian leaders into abandoning their nuclear ambitio ambitions. the prime minister is getting impatient. obama is trying to dissuade him not to rush for the military option. officials in the obama administration are concerned that military tensions between israel and iran will spread throughout the mideast. they are concerned that the uncertainty will push up oil prices even farther. and they fear that will hamper the u.s. and other economies as they recover from the downturn. president obama is keen to bring about some stability t
. the u.s. thinks it should include parts and components and technology transfers and what not. we need to be careful we don't make this overly burdensome on states to comply with. that gets at the treaty specifying the what's need to do, not the how states need to do it. in terms of what gets reported, there's not going to be reporting on technology transfers and parts and components. yes, there should be a requirement for states to subject those things to national controls and integrate that into your national control system. because of the numbers involved i don't see there's any way to report on parts and components being transferred in the context of the reporting regime that the att is going to create. it's likely we'll just have an obligation on states to control the transfer of them but not to then actually report on the transfer of them. >> okay. yes, please. >> thank you. i had a question for mr. malzahn and anyone else on the panel that would like to comment on this question. the export controls in the u.s., the administration has taken a position that they're too strict and
know how and when we are going to draw down u.s. forces and exit this nation's longest war. but today in the aftermath of that rampage by a u.s. soldier that killed 16 afghan civilians, the president of afghanistan made a surprise demand and indicated he may have his own plans for u.s. forces in his country. it happened while defense secretary leon panetta was there. it was the first of two setbacks today. we have two reports here tonight beginning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel in our kabul bureau. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the u.s. exit strategy today was complicated both by its enemy here, the taliban, and an increasingly difficult ally. secretary panetta met with president karzai today extending condolences and reconfirming washington's commitment to a smooth two-year transition. >> we need to stick to the strategy we laid out for the future. >> reporter: then karzai seemed to throw a wrench in it, issuing a statement demanding that u.s. forces withdraw from villages and pull back to major bases. and hand over all security respons
that a number of european banks have signed on to the greek debt swap, and, here in the u.s., a robust reading on the job market. a.d.p., the big payroll processing firm, says 216,000 jobs were added at u.s. businesses in february. the labor department issues its take on february this friday. most economists see a rise of 243,000 jobs. wall street was certainly enthusiastic; the dow rose 75 points, the nasdaq added 20, and the s&p was up eight. >> tom: still ahead: from big losses yesterday to gains today, tonight's "street critique" guest says market volatility is here to stay. money manager kyle harrington joins us. >> susie: oil prices followed stocks higher today. in new york trading, april crude rose $1.46 to $106 a barrel while gas prices averaged $3.76 a gallon nationwide. despite rising prices at the pump, a new study says the energy sector could become a huge economic driver this year. i.h.s. cambridge energy research associates says the sector grew more than three times the overall u.s. economy last year. diane eastabrook is in houston where oil experts from around the globe are talk
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